Skimming the Surface

I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free.” —Michelangelo Buonarroti

Shame on me for not carving enough.

Last night I wrote a one-page email (6 quick paragraphs) to a Very Important Potential Client. I keep odd hours so I was surprised when I got a response within a half-hour. Lightning-fast lesson—you’ve heard it before and I’m supposed to know it oh-so-well—his answer made it clear that he skimmed the first two paragraphs, and maybe the last paragraph. He guessed at my point, and sent a wonderfully prompt response that did not answer the question. Not at all.

Now what do I do? Write back and say thanks but you don’t get it?


I take my lumps and write better emails in the future, and carefully work the issue into our next telephone conference without ever mentioning having tried to resolve things earlier.

We are all busy! Even with plenty at stake people rarely read every word. Get your main point out fast.

I’ve overstayed my welcome.

Writing is… like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.” —Elie Weisel


Grow and be well,

Kelly Erickson